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Executive Director, Informatics Software Engineering

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Sep 6, 2022
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The Role:

Moderna is seeking a talented individual to lead our Informatics Software Engineering team. This high performing team at Moderna is responsible for building innovative, user-friendly web apps for our internal users to optimize and automate their business processes. This unique internal development capability is a key component of our strategy to build a truly digital biotech and accelerate the development of new mRNA medicines for patients across the world.

The Informatics platform has apps that support activities across Research, Technical Development, and Clinical. Many of the apps are also integrated directly with instruments and robotics platforms to physically automate processes and collect rich structured data. The apps also integrate with numerous AI algorithms developed by our data science team to augment human decision making. The successful candidate for this role will be responsible for taking the Informatics Software Engineering team to the next level by improving our development and delivery processes, developing and upskilling our engineering team, and leading the continuous technical evolution of our software platform.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Lead a large software engineering team spanning multiple supported business units and geographic locations to deliver novel full stack JS/TS web applications that transform Modernas business processes

  • Own technical roadmap for the Informatics application platform and infrastructure to ensure maximum efficiency and satisfaction of software engineers

  • Develop organizational and staffing models across multiple teams and geographies that evolve as the team grows

  • Operate at a strategic level, driving the organization to deliver on long-term business objectives, but also dive into the tactical details to resolve technical bottlenecks

  • Be a strong advocate for your team, ensuring they have the tools and support they need from other teams and functions such a Cybersecurity and Cloud Operations

  • Establish technical standards and standardized processes for development, deployment, and support

  • Create operational metrics and drive continuous improvement of processes to improve quality, rate of delivery, and user satisfaction

  • Foster a culture of ownership, centered on delivering high quality, secure, and resilient software applications

  • Recruit top technical talent at various career stages with a focus on interview efficiency and candidate experience

  • Develop software engineering learning paths, training curricula, and mentorship programs to develop world-class technical talent

  • Continuously research new technical capabilities and ways of working to improve our operations and applications

  • Partner closely with product owners and other technical disciplines (data science, data engineering, automation, etc.) to deliver integrated cross-functional products

  • Partner with agile project management team to develop maximally efficient development and delivery practices and continuous improvement

  • Establish robust change control and documentation processes to allow for GxP validated applications as needed

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • 10+ years of experience managing software engineering teams, with at least 5 years leading multiple independent engineering teams in an enterprise environment. Experience delivering software solutions in the biopharma space is desirable but not required

  • Extensive knowledge of modern web-based application technologies, including JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js, SQL databases, containers, and IaaS. Experience specifically with Angular, NestJS, Postgres, Kubernetes, and AWS strongly preferred.

  • Experience architecting robust cloud-based applications leveraging microservices, APIs, scalable compute, and distributed storage.

  • Extensive experience setting software engineering standards and developing policies and processes to deliver with excellence. Formal OE training is a plus.

  • Deep expertise in running a data-driven organization with a focus on metrics that deliver improved quality, throughput, and help developers grow in their abilities.

  • Strong collaboration skills and a proven experience successfully working in a matrixed environment in close partnership with product owners and other technical capabilities.

  • An excellent people leader with expertise in coaching and mentoring software engineers and building upskilling paths for an engineering practice.

  • Strong understanding of cybersecurity best practices and experience building development processes that incorporate security from design through deployment.

  • Experience operating in agile development processes with rapid deployment timelines and shifting business priorities. Experience with Jira highly desired.

  • Demonstrated experience leveraging CI/CD and enforcing automated testing practices.

  • A sharp focus on efficiency and happiness of your teams with a willingness to challenge convention and peers to reduce viscosity.

  • Strong ability to develop multiyear strategic roadmaps for technology platforms, frameworks, and processes.

  • Experience following robust change control processes, carefully balancing with agile delivery. Experience delivering in a regulated environment desired.

  • Excellent communication skills and experience communicating to executives and senior leaders

  • A passion for learning and a proven history of researching and implementing new technologies without sacrificing short-term value delivery to the business.

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent required. Masters degree preferred.

Moderna is pleased to provide you and your family with a comprehensive and innovative suite of benefits, including:

  • Highly competitive and inclusive medical, dental and vision coverage options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • Lifestyle Spending Account funds to help you engage in personal enrichment and self-care activities
  • Family care benefits, including subsidized back-up care options and on-demand tutoring
  • Free premium access to fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness classes
  • Exclusive preferred pricing on Peloton fitness equipment
  • Adoption and family-planning benefits
  • Dedicated care coordination support for our LGBTQ+ community
  • Generous paid time off, including:
    Vacation, sick time and holidays
    Volunteer time to participate within your community
    Discretionary winter shut down
    Paid sabbatical after 5 years; every 3 years thereafter
  • Generous Paid Leave offerings, including 18 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 401k match and Financial Planning tools
  • Moderna-paid Life, LTD and STD insurance coverages, as well as voluntary benefit options
  • Complimentary concierge service including home services research, travel booking, and entertainment requests
  • Free parking or subsidized commuter passes
  • Location-specific perks and extras!

Candidates should be aware that Moderna currently maintains a policy requiring all US-based employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a booster shot once eligible. Newly hired employees must be vaccinated and boosted prior to their employment start date. Moderna is an equal opportunity employer and will provide a reasonable accommodation to those unable to be vaccinated or receive a booster where it is not an undue hardship to the company to do so as provided under federal, state, and local law.

About Moderna

In over 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a research-stage company advancing programs in the field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across seven modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for rapid clinical and commercial production at scale. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Moderna's capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use and approval of one of the earliest and most effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderna's mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases and autoimmune diseases. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past seven years. To learn more, visit

Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a persons race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.




Moderna is advancing messenger RNA (mRNA) science to create a new class of transformative medicines for patients. Moderna’s platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, providing the Company the capability to pursue in parallel a robust pipeline of new development candidates. Moderna is developing therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases and cardiovascular diseases, independently and with strategic collaborators.

mRNA is now a turning point in the history of science, medicine, technology, even humankind itself. With this breakthrough discovery, many of the world’s biggest and most challenging medical problems are no longer a question of “how?” but merely a question of “when?”

Come with us as we pursue the uncharted reaches of possibility and make your mark on the future of medicine.


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